It seems like Shola Ameobi has done well in training this week, in his newly fitted mask, and he could even start on Saturday against Everton, although that’s a long shot.
Shola Ameobi – will see action on Saturday
Manager Alan Pardew will want to see more of the chances the lads create at home converted, and there’s a possibility he could start both Shola and Leon Best together on Saturday.
It will depend on how Shola has looked in training, but the Nigerian-born striker would certainly add more physical presence up front.
Alan Pardew is certainly pleased that his increased attacking options now with Shola back, and the four strikers likely to feature on Saturday are Best, Lovenkrands, Ameobi and Ranger, with Shefki Kuqi probably not making the bench this weekend.
Best is doing very well up front since he has been given his chance with 5 goals in 10 appearances for the side this year, and Peter Lovenkrands has 4 goals this season, with 3 of those coming in the league and one in the Carling Cup.
Alan Pardew said this about Shola’s return to action:
“He will give us an extra physical presence,” “I’m not sure he gets the credit he deserves sometimes, but he has done really well for me and it will give us an extra dimension to our play if he is fit and available.”
Shola doesn’t always get the credit he deserves, and is under criticism from a section of the Newcastle fans, but it would be great if he could through these next 10 games with some goals. Shola has hit 6 goals this season, with 3 of those being in the Premier League, and two of them against Sunderland.
We have to think that Lovenkrands and Best will get another chance to show what they can do on Saturday, but we also expect both Shola Ameobi and the fast improving Nile Ranger to get run-outs in the second half.
Let’s hope Newcastle are out in front when that happens.
And it would be good if Nile can get that first Premier League goal and get that monkey off his back.
Nile has looked better and better since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, and that first goal will give the 19 year-old Londoner, lots of confidence.